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Malvina Reynolds Recordings and Songbooks


SUN SUN SHINE: SONGS FOR CURIOUS CHILDREN
is temporarily out of print, but here are song clips and a link to the free online activity book which includes all lyricis.

All in This Together RealAudio Song Clip
All in This Together QuickTime Song Clip (468k)

Head First and Belly Down RealAudio Song Clip
Head First and Belly Down QuickTime Song Clip (429k)

Audio and Lyrics to 1492

Fix My Dog QuickTime Song Clip

Sun Sun Shine Free Online Activity Book


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  I'M ALL EARS: SING INTO READING
StarFish Music
SF-001-4 (Cassette), SF-001-2 (CD)

RealAudio Song
Songs:
*1. I'm All Ears - (introduction)
+2. Name Game - (rhyme recognition)
*3. Good For You - (rhyme completion)
*4. I'm Playing with a Monster- (rhyme production)
5. Hey Caterpillar - (syllabication)
*6. Dracula Came to Our School
+7. There's a Starfish Hidden Under my Bed - (syllable deletion)
8. Take a Word Apart
*9. Muffin Mix - Alliteration
10. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
11. Listen, Listen
12. Two Tired Toddlers
13. Lily Loves Listening to Lullabyes
14. One Wet Windy Wednesday
*15. Bring Back the Bat
*16. Down by the Track - (complete phoneme segmentation)
*17. I Lost a Sound -( phoneme deletion)
18. Drop it!
19. Pineapple - (phoneme substitution)
20. Fiddle Around with the Middle Sound - (phoneme substitution)
21. Topsy Turvy - (phoneme manipulation)
*22. On Your Lap - (phoneme addition, blending)
23. Blow a Bubble

*Lyrics © Nancy Schimmel
all other lyrics & all music © Fran Avni
+ also part of LinguiSystems "The Sounds Abound Program" video

These songs were written especially to increase children's awareness of the sounds in words (phonemic awareness) They were inspired by and based upon the work of Dr. Orna Lenchner, reading specialist, author, educator, and creator of the innovative The Sounds Abound program (LinguiSystems), video and games.

Singer-songwriter arranger-producer Fran Avni has been creating original songs for children for over two decades. Fran's songs are part of numerous language arts curricula including ongoing CBC Sesame Street repertoire. She most recently composed songs promoting early literacy for the National Film Board of Canada's1998 CD-ROM project “HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY UMBRELLA?”.

For information about Fran's other recordings, and bookings for school concerts, workshops and artist-in-residencies, contact Fran at FAVNI@aol.com

“Behind these wonderful, singable songs is an incredible understanding of what kids need to know about the sounds in words and the underpinnings of reading.” --Margie Golick, Ph.D, educational psychologist, children's television consultant, auhor of Playing with Words and Wacky Word Games

“Children are good listeners when there's something worth listening to. Fran and Nancy's playful, skill-full, fun-filled songs invite children to listen, move, sing, play, rhyme, reason and LEARN ...learn in the BEST ways.” --Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, author of Creative Experiences for Young Children, Teaching Language Arts Creatively, Teaching in the Key of Life

I'm All Ears: Sing Into Reading Recording
Fran Avni, Nancy Schimmel. 23 fun songs that get your children or students ready to learn to read. Includes all lyrics.
Audio CD $15
  Audio Cassette $10
   

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I'M ALL EARS: SING INTO READING MUSIC & ACTIVITY BOOK by Fran Avni & Nancy Schimmel

Music, lyrics and activities for all the songs on I'm All Ears, plus extra chants and stories and a list of Books with Rhyme, Alliteration and Other Word Play.

I'm All Ears: Sing Into Reading Music & Activity Book
Fran Avni, Nancy Schimmel. 23 fun songs that get your children or students ready to learn to read. Sheet music for each song and activities for classroom or home. Plus extra chants and stories.
Book $15
   

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. HEAD FIRST AND BELLY DOWN
SCR 468(Cassette)

Title Song RealAudio Song Clip
Title Song QuickTime Song Clip (429k)

RealAudio Song and Lyrics to 1492

Songs by Candy Forest and Nancy Schimmel:
Wolf Party * Sea Turtle Memories
Arc of the Rainbow * Cycles

Songs by Nancy Schimmel:
1492 * Doin' the Biscuit Dance * I Am a Jewel
Sun, Sun, Shine * Can't Be an Elephant * Dog Star

By Candy Forest: Head First and Belly Down

Plus: Somos el Barco by Lorre Wyatt,
The Desert by Malvina Reynolds
Bless the Beasts and the Children
by Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin

“Delightful...”
--American Library Association Notable Recordings Review

“Catchy, memorable, and very singable...”
--ALA Booklist

Head First Belly Down Activity Page

Sound and Lyrics to 1492

Head First Belly Down
Nancy Schimmel, Candy Forest
Audio Cassette 11.00
   

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ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
15 Ecology Songs for the Whole Family

SCR 467(Cassette)

Title Song RealAudio Song Clip
Title Song QuickTime Song Clip (468k)

Fix My Dog QuickTime Song Clip

Songs by Nancy Schimmel:
Must Be Johnny Appleseed * My Sister's a Whale in the Sea
Who's Gonna Save the Ark * My Very Tall Friend
Home in the Sky * Fix My Dog

Songs by Candy Forest and Nancy Schimmel:
Fancy Face Waltz * All in This Together * Best Friend
Just Like We Do * Eating Up the Forest

By Candy Forest: Head First and Belly Down

Plus: Lambeth Children by Malvina Reynolds,
I'm a Reptile by Jill Jarboe, The Clouds, by Cynthia Grey,
and Beulah the Beast by Jack Miffleton

“Forest and Schimmel are intelligent, forthright writers who wrap their viewpoints in catchy folk and pop melodies”
--Parents' Choice Gold Award Review

“Thoughtful, funny and on target.”
--Pete Seeger

“Librarians and parents will welcome this...the children's singing is professional and charming.”
--Virginia Walter, PhD, UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science

All In This Together Free Online Activity Book

All In This Together
Nancy Schimmel, Candy Forest. 15 Ecology Songs for the Whole Family
Audio Cassette 11.00
   

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Introducing OUR FIRST CD!

SPEENEY, SPAWNEY, GO TO THE MOON--
Hushabyes for Young and Old
SCR 469-2

RealAudio Song Clip
QuickTime Song Clip (624k)

Gentle yet engaging, this music is guaranteed to relax everybody from babies to CEOs. Old favorites from Brahms to Malvina Reynolds, new pieces by Candy Forest, Nancy Schimmel and Linda Hirschhorn are played on acoustic instruments (Candy at the piano and Emil Miland playing cello) and sung by family: Candy and her brother, Ben Mordush, with a cameo appearance by The Singing Rainbow Youth Ensemble.

The music is selected for its quieting quality and arranged to encourage deep relaxation of body, mind and spirit.

Includes:
Speeney, Spawney, Go to the Moon * Brahm's Lullaby
Rachel's Dream * Come by the Hills
Giraffes * A Winter's Song * Talia's Lullaby
Turn Around * Liebesleid * Lie Down

Also available on Cassette.
SCR 469-4

“...a soulful, eclectic collection of songs...an eloquent pleasure for all ages...”
--Los Angeles Times

“...parents can respond in unison: hallelujah.”
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Speeney, Spawney, Go to the Moon
Hushabyes for Young and Old
Audio CD $15
  Audio Cassette $11
   

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. MALVINA REYNOLDS CD

Malvina Reynolds CD
$15
   

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. Ear to the Ground CD

    It Isn't Nice
    On the Rim of the World
    What Have They Done to the Rain?
    Look on the Sunnyside
    The World's Gone Beautiful
    Little Boxes
    Little Red Hen
    Dialectic
    Bury Me in My Overalls
    There's a Bottom Below
    The Little Mouse
    Rosie Jane
    The Money Crop
    Magic Penny
    The Albatross
    Skagit Valley Forever
    The Judge Said (Intro)
    The Judge Said
    Mario's Duck
    Carolina Cotton Mill Song
    Boraxo
    This World


Ear to the Gound CD
$15
   

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. MALVINA REYNOLDS

Magical Songs
Songs for the Middle Young sung by Malvina with a children's chorus.

“A sheer delight for kids of all ages, from two to ninety-two...”
--Folkscene

Sweet Stuff * Wheels * Lambeth Children * My Street
Kennebunkport * Quiet * Never Touch a Singing Bird
Don't Push Me * Let Us Come In
It's Up to You * Morningtown Ride
Magical Song * The Whale * I've Got a Song


Here are the contents of the two of Malvina's lps we still have on hand.

    Mama Lion (CR 050) lp

  • If You Were Little
  • The Devil's Baptizin'
  • The Little Mouse
  • Power Plant Reggae
  • Mario's Duck
  • Back Alley Surgery
  • Dialectic
  • The Judge Said
  • The Last Time
  • Carolina Cotton Mill Song
  • Skagit Valley Forever
  • Bury Me in My Overalls

    Malvina (CFS 2807) lp

  • Little Boxes
  • You'll Be a Man
  • The Albatross
  • No Room
  • Turn Around
  • The Little Red Hen
  • This World
  • There's a Bottom Below
  • Green Shadows
  • The Money Crop
  • Somewhere Between
  • The Day the Freeway Froze

Magical Songs
Malvina Reynolds. Songs for the Middle Young
Audio Cassette $11
Mama Lion
Malvina Reynolds.
lp $8
Malvina
Malvina Reynolds.
lp $8
   

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TWEEDLES AND FOODLES For Young Noodles (book)

14 Malvina Reynolds songs “all full of dance-around” for preschool through primary age kids, with guitar chords and easy but interesting piano arrangements.

THERE'S MUSIC IN THE AIR: Songs for the Middle-Young (book)
55 songs for school-age kids, including all the songs recorded on Magical Songs. Melodies and guitar chords.

The Alameda Mountains
All Over Everything
Artichokes
Black Horse
The Desert
Don't Push Me
Early in the Morning
Eight Candles
Everybody Says
The Faucets Are Dripping
From Way Up Here
Galaxy
God Bless the Grass
Green Shadows
Griddle Cakes
I Live in a City
If You Love Me
If You Want a Friend
It's Up to You
I've Got a Song
Jenny Appleseed
Johnny Built a House
Kennebunkport
The Lambeth Children
Let It Be
Let Us Come In
Little Boxes
Magic Penny
Magical Song
Morningtown Ride
My Street
Never Argue With a Bee
Never Touch a Singing Bird
The New Restaurant
Non-Ads
Nothing to Say
Pea Soup Song
The Pets
Place To Be
Preedle Proddle
Quiet
The Rigatoni Song
Ring Like a Bell
Run Run the Tree Is Falling
Skagit Valley
Sweet Stuff
There'll Come a Time
There's Music in the Air
Timing Nancy's Nap
Turn Around
The Whale
What Have They Done to the Rain?
What Time Is It?
Wheels
You Can't Make A Turtle Come Out

MALVINA REYNOLDS SONGBOOK
contains 67 songs:

The Albatross
Backyard Blues
The Ballad of Robban's First Ride
The Battle of Maxton Field
The Bloody Neat
Bury Me In My Overalls
Carolina Cotton Mill Song
The Cement Octopus
Daddy's In the Jail
The Day the Freeeway Froze
The Desert
The Devil's Baptizin
Dialectic
The Emperor's Nightingale
Fantastic Man
The Faucets Are Dripping
The Fragile Sea
From Way Up Here
God Bless the Grass
Green Shadows
I Cannot Sleep
I Don't Have Anything
I Wish You Were Here
If You Love Me
It Isn't Nice
The Last Time
Let It Be
Let Them Eat Cake
Little Boxes
The Little Mouse
The Little Red Hen
Look On the Sunny Side
Magic Penny
Mario's Duck
Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter
The Money Crop
Morningtown Ride
The New Restaurant
No Hole In My Head
No Room
On the Rim of the World
Patchwork of Dreams
The Pied Piper
Quiet
Rand Hymn
Rosie Jane
Sing Along
Singin Jesus
Somewhere Between
There'll Come a Time
There's a Bottom Below
This House Is Your House
This World
Tokyo Farewell
Tungsten
Turn Around
Uneasy Dreams
The Walker Outside
We Can Stop Here
We Don't Need the Men
We Hate To See Them Go
The Whale
What Have They Done to the Rain
Wheels
World Gone Beautiful
World In Their Pocket
You'll Be A Man

Tweedles and Foodles
Malvina Reynolds. Book of 14 songs for preschool through primary age kids.
Book $5.75
There's Music in the Air
Malvina Reynolds. Book of 55 songs for school age kids.
Book $16.00
Malvina Reynolds Songbook. 67 songs.Book $16.00
   

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. JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE A STORY
A Sourcebook for Storytelling
(Third Edition) 1992
by Nancy Schimmel


ISBN 0-932164-03-X

“For parents, teachers, librarians, group leaders, and people who just like to tell stories, this is a first rate introduction to the art, based on Schimmel's years of professional storytelling and teaching...Just Enough To Make A Story contains an amazing amount of useful material...”
-Betty Bacon
Plexus

“One of the finest contemporary introductions to storytelling around.”
-The Yarnspinner

Substantial revisions make this thoughtfull storytelling sourcebook even more valuable the second time around. In addition to the expanded resource lists (such as active heroines in folktales), Schimmel includes a brief survey of studies on the effects of storytelling, a story arranged for two voices with a description of 'tandem telling', and sources for stories to tell adult and junior high audiences.”
-Booklist
(American Library Association)

The third edition of Just Enough to Make a Story, in print since 1978, has been rewritten and updated bibliographically throughout, with the addition of a new section, “Ecology Stories and Songs.” The suggestions in “Active Heroines,” “Stories in Service of Peace,” and “Sources for Stories to Tell to Adults” are still singularly valuable, and the tone of the book--a down-home approach that will get storytellers started with experienced but undaunting advice--makes this one of the best available resource books on the subject.
--Betsy Hearne,
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“...a wonderful, down to earth, practical guide.”
--Folknik

Book Table of Contents

Just Enough to Make a Story
Nancy Schimmel. A Sourcebook for Storytelling
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